Lots of orphans cherish a fantasy their father was a hero. Superman doesn’t have to fantasize — Jor-El was a hero.

It’s not just that Jor-El saved his son’s life and so created Earth’s greatest champion. Superman’s father was a genius, even by Kryptonian standards. He saved his world several times, sometimes at great personal risk. At the end he became a figure out of myth: a Cassandra prophesying doom, a Noah who failed to save his race. And like Moses’ parents, he and Lara saved their son by giving him up to another culture, another world

In Action #1, the father who sent Superman to Earth isn’t named. It ...

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